If Eloquent speech is silver then listening is gold. Listening, how often do we do it? I mean really do it? How often do we slow down and take in what the other person is saying? Most of the time we listen only for the pause so we can jump in with our opinion. We hear the start of a conversation but soon enough a word catches our attention and there goes our inner rambling…”oh, I know about this subject, if I can just jump in and tell them how I did it”…or “oh, that happened to me but it was much worse, wait till I tell them my story.” My, Me, I,……or as Brian Regan likes to say, “The Me Monster”
How often does your “Me Monster” take over?
When was the last time you stayed quiet without forming an opinion? What if next time you are with your spouse, friends, or at a dinner party, you choose to listen unless a question is specifically directed your way? What if you were able to breath in and pause before trying to claim the floor?
It’s something to try out this week. The art of putting yourself aside and completely hearing what someone is saying to you. Letting go of having to jump in without having your viewpoint enter in to the conversation.
Small Change #13
Listen without the need to share your opinion